Rare 1988 Epiphone Spotlight Nouveau made in Japan and assembled in Nashville. This is in excellent condition for its age, two minor marks on the top rear edge. Pick ups have been replaced with burst buckers and the original EMG’s are included with the sale. Please note also that the coil tap pot failed and so the previous owner replaced the whole loom with CTS pots and upgraded caps, minus the push pull pot. Original loom is included. Comes with tweed style hard case. Generally nice condition, one or two small marks on the top edge and some fret board marks when held in the light which are most likely Factory. Comes with a non original hard case. Trem arm is included also.
Here is the full spec:
Sometime around Norlin’s 1987 sale of Gibson, the decision was made to produce the Nouveau line of guitars. The Gibson Nouveaus were going to consist of cost-effective necks and bodies made in Japan and assembled and finished in Nashville and branded as American Made. Although the original sales literature introduces these as purely Gibson guitars, somewhere between manufacturing and finishing, they became the known as the Epiphone Spotlight series, resulting in an Japanese-made, USA assembled Epiphone.
The first Nouveau guitars introduced by Gibson were a line of flat top semi-hollow guitars under the “Nouveau by Gibson” brand in 1986. In 1987 electric guitars joined the line. By September 1987 Gibson moved the flat top Nouveaus to the Epiphone line, under the brand “Nouveau by Epiphone” and the electrics were moved to Epiphone by February 1988. By early 1989 the entire Nouveau line was discontinued.
Assembled in Nashville, Tennessee
Curly maple top
3-piece Mahogany Neck-thru construction
Ebanol fingerboard with Chevron inlays
Narrow open-book headstock with inlaid Epiphone script
“Gibson” Diamond inlay on headstock
3-screw “Gibson” engraved truss rod cover
1.65″ nut width
EMG Select pickups
1 Vol 1 Tone controls with Coil tap
3-way selector switch
Black or Chrome hardware
Black or Amber speed knobs
Optional vintage-style tremolo
Antique Ivory (AI)
Trans Amber (TA)
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